Sunderland look set to increase their efforts to sign Bournemouth forward Max Gradel, according to a report by the Daily Mail.
The versatile front man could be on his way out of Bournemouth with competition increasing with the addition of Jermaine Defoe at the Vitality Stadium, and a move to the Championship could well now be on the cards for Gradel.
The 29-year-old Ivorian is a proven commodity in the Championship following spells with both Leicester City and Leeds United, and Sunderland manager Simon Grayson will be hoping to tempt him back to the Championship with the promise of regular football.
However, the Black Cats face competition from French side Toulouse, who are keen to sign Gradel for next season.
Gradel has failed to settle under Eddie Howe for the Cherries after injury curtailed his progress following a big money move two seasons ago when he joined from St Etienne. He has only made just in excess of 20 appearances for the Cherries, and has only managed a single goal.
He may well relish the chance to move back to the Championship though, with the opportunity to sign for a club the size of Sunderland something he could find too hard to pass up.
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